A book that reveals the beauty of the Black Isle has been named Favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book 2012 in an online public vote organised by the Scottish Nature Photography Awards.
The winning title, Eilean Dubh, polled ahead of stiff competition in a shortlist of eight books that each highlights different aspects of Scottish nature and landscape with photography.
Eilean Dubh features the combined work of photographers Andrew Dowsett, James A Moore and Russell Turner, all of whom live on the Black Isle.
Russell Turner said: "When we first put together Eilean Dubh, the book was just for us - we never dreamed that we'd created the Favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book for 2012! That we did so is thanks to all the readers who voted for it.
We appreciate every single vote. Eilean Dubh's success is particularly gratifying because the shortlist included such great books, some by big names in nature photography. We were delighted that a self-published work was even considered; to win is incredible, but maybe not so surprising when you consider the beauty and variety of the Black Isle. This is a place which definitely deserves to be better known."
Second place in the vote was won by A Year in the Life of the Cairngorms by Chris Townsend (published by Frances Lincoln) and Caledonia - Scotland's Heart of Pine by Peter Cairns and Niall Benvie (published by Northshots) was voted third.